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Jan 18, 2013 4:00am PST
details are emerging about the algerian government raid to rescue foreign nationals held captive at a bp-related gas plant. some americans escaped but others are still being held. duncan, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning. the latest has come from the british prime minister who has been speaking to his algerian counter part and he said they are still pursuing terrorists and possibly some of the hostages in other areas of the site. what's unclear is how many hostages escaped yesterday during that raid by algerian security forces. it's thought at least four people were killed, two british, two filipinos. the numbers keep changing. one news agency is quoting the militants saying 35 of the hostages were killed. the fact that these numbers keep on varying show us just how hard it is to get information out of the saharan desert. a lot of uncertainty for families wait ago round the world. >> thank you. >>> for the first time in over two decades, the u.s. has recognized the government of somalia. secretary of state hillary clinton calls the official recognition a milestone in somal
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Jan 14, 2013 6:00pm PST
global. that being said, president obama only fanned the flames today painting a picture of government catastrophe based on the facts seems a bit trumped up. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> reporter: in the first press conference of his second term, president obama wasted little time scaring the day lights out of millions of americans who rely on government paychecks for one service or another, of the consequences of a u.s. default. >> may not be able to pay our troops or honor our contracts with small business owners. food inspectors, air traffic controllers, specialists who track down nuclear materials wouldn't get their paychecks. >> reporter: the president's statement is speculative and not true because, frankly, no one knows what programs will be short changed if the u.s. can't meet its payment obligations. it's never happened before. but here is what we do know courtesy of the bipartisan policy center. if congress fails to raise the debt ceiling the government can spend only what it received in daily revenues each day. those revenues won't cover ab
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Jan 20, 2013 4:30pm PST
raising taxes. in both cases obama had a bipartisan majority in the house. that is a governing majority. he's going to have it on immigration and also on the debt ceiling. not sure he's going to have it on guns, but he's going to drive the really hard-line republicans crazy because he's going to be able to break off 40 or 50 of them for all these other things. chris: that seems to be true as much as the opposition is hotter and perhaps hardening out there on the right. it does seem that the center right and the center are in play and obama is making his move toward them successfully. >> their governing philosophy coming in is that the fever would break among the tea party folks, among the hard right, and also that just folks in the house would sort of move to the boehner philosophy, which is a governing philosophy. the sort of -- chris: in other words, you don't need a majority of the republicans to rule. >> you break the rule, which is what he's done on these big-ticket items. they have been meeting over these last couple of days to figure out wait forward. i think the president was sm
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Jan 16, 2013 5:30pm PST
the world, because other governments generally follow the faa's lead. the faa's emergency air-worthiness directive says before any other 787 can fly, the operator on the boeing must prove the batteries are safe. >>> on the runway in western japan, an evacuation after the captain of a 787 got a warning light and thought he smelled something burning. the incident comes just a week after the fire in the belly of another 787 in boston. now investigators are taking a hard look at the 787's electrical system and lithium batteries. >> we've had two incidents involving batteries, involving charging circuits, that are under question that have resulted in one case a fire, one case of smoke. >> reporter: today's problem was located near the lithium batteries in the forward bay, underneath the flight deck. behind the nose. last week's fire was behind the wings in the 787's aft electrical bay. the lithium batteries there that run the auxiliary power unit were severely burned and charred. lithium batteries like those used in computers have been known to overheat and catch fire. after a seri
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Jan 23, 2013 4:30am PST
measure. the rules and open government committee will discuss a proposal involving the storage of assault weapons. this was written by a city resident. if approved any city resident who owns an assault weapon would be required to store it at the police department. mayor chuck reid has previously said he believes gun control laws should be handled at the state and federal level. >> 4:35. san jose police are trying to figure out if a car jacking is linked to monday's home invasion at an up scale neighborhood. we were the first to bring you the details on the robbery. four hours before the robbery monday night an elderly man was carjacked in front of his home. that happened near the intersection of redman avenue andle wallace drive. police say two men attacked the victim and took his car. that carjacking happened two and a half miles away from the home invasion robbery. in that attack, two to three men forced their way into a home on brett hart drive, tied up the elderly couple that lived there and ransacked the home before leaving in the victims' cars. >> the lafayette school distri
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Jan 17, 2013 10:00pm PST
government and spying on people. and so it has created an atmosphere of fear that surrounds it. >> in the 1970s, the church launched a massive espionage effort called operation snow white because the church believed the government was collecting information damaging to the church. fall ollowing an five raid, 11 scientologies, including hubbard's wife, were convicted of entering numerous agencies and stealing documents. does this concern you, this conversation? >> of course it does. this is incredibly stupid. these are not people you want to mess with. >> the church has labeled haggis the hypocrite of hollywood and says he has not been an active member for years. while haggis says in retrospect, he was never a true believer, he did tell us utgoing clear, where a person clears his mind of negative influences before becoming what scientologies become an operating thing, or ot, the equivalent of an immortal soul. >> you would simply say me. >> there are many levels of spiritual enlightenment in scientolo scientology. >> i went to the top. >> you went to the top? >> ot 7. >> that was the t
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Jan 17, 2013 5:00pm PST
killed in a botched rescue by the algerian government. other reports say some of them escaped. we do know as many as 41 people, including some americans, were taken hostage by islamist militants yesterday. the obama administration is concerned about these conflicting reports. >>> she got her start writing for the san francisco chronicle. today the woman known as dear abby has died at the age of 94. she suffered a long battle with alzheimer's. her first column appeared in 1956 and competed for decades with her twin sister, ann landers. she passed in 2002. >>> fewer people are dying from cancer each year. a new report from the american cancer society found the overall cancer death rate drops 20% from 1991 to 2009. a reduction in smoking and better detech shup methods are to thank. >>> the federal government is encouraging mothers to breastfeed. new regulations will require insurance companies to cover the cost of breast pumps. an improvement for moms who say they need all the help they can get. >> insurance companies are still working out the details and trying to align venders and pat
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Jan 18, 2013 5:30pm PST
leaders that the algerian government gave them no warning before launching the rescue operation. they weren't told until it was already under way. >> i think the u.s. and other governments would have liked to have coordinated this much better with the algerians to protect the hostages in a way that, frankly, i'm not sure the algerian military either fully cared about or was able to do. >> good afternoon, everyone. >> reporter: the secretary of state clinton made it very clear who the u.s. government holds ultimately responsible. >> let's not forget, this is an act of terror. the perpetrators are the terrorists. >> reporter: tonight, that same terror group had a message for the government in algeria. they will strike again. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york. >> leading news in this country, the awful flu season hit a new milestone today. it's now reported as widespread in 48 of our 50 states. with reported cases increasing now on the west coast. the nationwide death toll now includes 29 children. sadly, that number is up by nine since just last week. we're joined here again toni
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Jan 23, 2013 5:00am PST
the end one city council member said, look, crime has been governing the streets of oakland for too long. he said i'm supporting the police chief. >> seven ayes, one no. >> shame on you! >> this debate was heated and emotional as protesters shouted "shame on you" and "let the war begin" after the council voted to bring on bill bratton as a consultant to bring down crime in oakland. homicide has been on the rise. the cost, $250,000. residents worry the support could lead to racial profiling. people are afraid to walk down the street in the daytime. the city is also taking an economic hit. >> actually leaving the city because crime is bad. while we have an economic development department actively trying to recruit employers, so many won't come because of the crime. >> 20 new police techs would help keep regular oakland police officers on the street. he also approved paying to bring in ten sheriff's deputies to help patrol for at least six months allowing a new police academy sometime this year. live in oakland, kristy smith, "today in the bay." >> this morning san jose police trying t
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Jan 21, 2013 7:00am PST
want less government spending, they want this town to operate better than it does. >> one note here for parents whose children are home today, a holiday from school, we're going to be on the air for many hours and if i might, have them stop by and sit in front of the tv and watch this. because especially coming off this political season, and with all the troubles we've witnessed as a nation, this is the -- kind of the best of america in action. this is something we do well and this is a living history lesson today. yes, all of us who are here to cover it love this sort of thing and wouldn't miss it for the world, but this is how an interest in history and politics can get kindled at a young age. and it's one of the great spectacles available for free from home. savannah guthrie, i heard someone say this past week that this time around, four years later, the highs are not so high and the lows are not so low, meaning yes, the crowd won't number 2 million. the history of this administration has already been made. but also the economy isn't in a fr fr freefall. it doesn't feel as dire a
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Jan 15, 2013 6:00am PST
defrauded the u.s. government based on years of denying use of performance enhancing drugs. u.s. postal service was a longtime sponsor of armstrong's racing career. the deadline for the department to join that case is thursday. in the meantime, armstrong reportedly has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during an interview with oprah winfrey. after the taped interview, wit was tweeted out that more than 2 and a half hours with lance armstrong. he came ready. >>> lindsay lohan spent more time in court than movies lately. today a scheduled case against ms. lohan accused of lying to police after her porsche slammed into the back of a dump drunk back in june. her lawyer would enter a plea on her behalf. the 26 year old remains on probation for a 2011 necklace theft case. >>> a man convicted of crimes tied to the mafia claimed jimmy ha hoffa is buried in suburban detroit. hoffa disappeared in 1975. he tells the sister station in new york he was informed about his whereabouts after his release. no exact location has been disclosed. >>> time for a quick check on the day's to
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Jan 16, 2013 6:00am PST
lance armstrong of defrauding the u.s. government by denying he used performance enhancing drugs. the u.s. postal service was a long-time sponsor of armstrong's cycling team. still to come, a congresswoman wants to change hacking laws after the suicide death of a popular internet activist. >> the suicide of aaron swartz has people debating what's right and what's wrong. >> swartz took his life over the weekend. we mentioned in the past you can never point to a single cause for a suicide. certainly the charges he was facing in the hacking of computers at m.i.t. played a part. democratic congresswoman zoe lockran said it's time to update some of the hacking laws. a good number of people feel the federal government took vanl of poorly written or old laws to prosecute swartz for downloading academic papers without permission from a publically open network. lockran proposed the idea to change the law on reddit, the internet forum swartz helped create. originally swartz faced more than 30 years in jail. that had been reduced to a plea deal for six months. the woman prosecuting him, u.s. att
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Jan 16, 2013 11:00pm PST
rules and open government committee. that committee meets every wednesday and headed by the mayor, who's in washington, d.c. this week. the committee is expected to take up the issue again next wednesday. >>> now to the president and his proposal. a somber obama announced his proposal for the most sweeping gun control measures in years. the president outlined four major points. first, to make it easier for mental health professionals to report threats to authorities. second, the president wants to ban military-style assault weapons like the one used at sandy hook elementary school and put a ten-round limit on magazines. third, he wants to tighten background checks. fourth, the president said he would clear the way for schools that want armed guards to be able to get them. the national rifle association fired back with a statement that read, in part, quote, we look forward to working with congress on a bipartisan basis to find real solutions to protecting america's most valuable asset, our children. attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as
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Jan 15, 2013 11:00am PST
coming march 1st and a possible government hutdown. >> if congressional republicans refuse to pay america's bills on time, social security checks and veterans benefits will be delayed. >> reporter: republicans are insisting on real spending cuts before they say okay to any more borrowing. >> they just can't sit there and say, oh, you're cutting me because you're not giving me the amount of increase that i wanted. those days are over. >> reporter: democrats argue you can't put the country's finances at risk just to get your way. >> you do not get it by threatening people to burn the house down as a way of making them come to the table. that's simply won't work. >> reporter: president obama's also working on new rules to regulate guns. vice president biden delivered his recommendation a day early and p told lawmakers the president has 19 different options that don't involve congress. the president's final plan is due out at the end of the week. from washington, i'm tracie potts. back to you. >>> check back in with meteorologist christine loren who says it's still very cold but we ha
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Jan 17, 2013 7:00am PST
buyback. if you can get a record of who owns firearms, then the government could force them to sell those guns back to the government. >> let's talk about the proposals -- fair enough. let's talk about what's been proposed by the president. starting with universal background checks. why would it not be in the interest of the nra, again, which represents law-abiding gun owners to have more background checks so guns don't fall into the hands of criminals or people with mental problems, which makes law-abiding gun owners look bad? >> as you know, savannah, the nra is a long-term supporter of the background system of people who go to gun shops and buy firearms. back the last time we had this dispute, you will recall that a lot of the rhetoric surround what the government likes to call the gun show loophole. which means that if you and i go to a gun show and sell one another a gun, since neither one of us are dealers, a private transaction, doesn't have to go through the system. not a lot of guns are sold that way, but we suggested that the government, if they wanted to, could have a boo
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Jan 15, 2013 6:00pm PST
financial success. we know this. the more governments rely on many revenue sources, distributed revenue sources if you will, the less anyone will worry about being overtaxed. here's this. before proposition 30 expires, state leaders may want to consider varied revenue streams instead of the current concentrated system which leans so heavily on the wealthy that one day they may turn around and say we have enough. >> variable sources are always better. thank you very much, larry. >>> still ahead, what's next for lance armstrong. the potential legal trouble he could now be facing. >>> i'm janelle wang. the toughest gun control law in the nation. >>> violence in syria escalates. >>> san jose's interim police chief is set to take over in just a few days. coming e ining up, find out whas are his top priorities. >>> in just a few days, san jose's police department will be under new leadership. as we first told you on monday, larry esquivel will serve as acting chief. today we're hearing from him for the first time. nbc bay area's marianne favro is live from the police department with more. doe
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Jan 23, 2013 4:00am PST
believe you don't do your job you shouldn't get paid. >> i'm tired of government governing by gimmicks. >> reporter: the senate hasn't pass ad budget in almost four years. >> the last time they pass ad budget the ipad hadn't been introduced. >> reporter: paul ryan will draft the budget with deeper cuts. that's a carrot to get conservatives to go along but some still want to see cuts first. >> will not vote to raise the debt ceiling unless significant efforts are made to fix the under lying problems. >> reporter: senate democrats hint theology pass a budget but not soon. >> approach that when we need to. >> reporter: the white house says even in short term the president will sign pinpoint >> the debt ceiling ought not to be a political football. >> reporter: this republican retreat with one last tanned if they can't compromise lawmakers' paychecks could take a hit. what's still not known is if this is temporary passing this budget and this extension of the debt limit. if it's temporary we could still see a credit downgrade. >> we hope that does not happen. tracie potts in washington, d.
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Jan 16, 2013 7:00am PST
propose. government mark o'malley says he'll push for tighter gun laws in his state. and in new york, governor cuomo signed a sweeping gun bill into law on tuesday that was blasted, saying it will have no impact on public safety and crime. >> besides those new laws he wants congress to pass, he will announce some executive actions, including telling his justice department to go after those folks who failed background checks criminally go after and prosecute those people. >> you started, chuck, by saying this is sort of a once in a generation type of proposal in terms of its sweep. that's because the politics are so hard, as you just outlined. is there anything that's changed in terms of the dynamic that makes this more likely to pass? >> well, it depends on how they go about the order with which they try to get these proposals passed. if the assault weapons ban is the lead, i've had plenty of democrats tell me, then any new gun control measures, the whole thing will die. if they go after, say, and go in an order that says universal background checks, that on that front, the closing t
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Jan 15, 2013 5:00am PST
another country. just days after the u.s. government announced a review of the troubled aircraft. >> reporter: a name change could be in the works for sfo to honor an icon in the gay rights movement. i'm bob redell. that story coming up. lucky charms?! ♪ yer always after me lucky charms! whoa. i forgot how good these taste! [ lucky ] ♪ they're magically delicious now all general mills big g kid cereals have more whole grain than any other ingredient in cereals like lucky charms and cinnamon toast crunch, the delicious way to help them grow up strong. >>> welcome back. 5:11 right now. more problems for boeing's 787 dreamliner days after the u.s. started a review of that aircraft japan now says it is launching an investigation today. the country looking into two recent fuel leaks on one of the new boeing aircraft operated by japan airlines. other recent problems on dreamliners include a battery fire, a wiring problem and computer glitch and a cracked cockpit window. the dreamliner was built to revolutionize commercial aviation with new technology that cuts fuel costs by a fifth
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Jan 20, 2013 8:00am PST
wanted to leave. president reagan claimed that government wasn't the solution but the problem used the word "government" 16 times. >> that system has never failed us. but for a time, we failed the system. we asked things of government that government was not equipped to give. >> president clinton, aware his second term would be the last of the 20th century, challenged americans to embrace the future responsibly using the word "century" 21 times to emphasize the coming of a new era. >> at the dawn of the 21st century, a free people must choose to shape the information age and the global society to unleash the limitless potential of all of our people, and yes, to form a more perfect union. >> and president bush, whose time in office became defined by 9/11 and the ensuing wars in afghanistan and iraq, laid out his vision for america's role in the world, using the words "freedom" and "liberty" 42 times. >> all who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know the united states will not ignore your oppression or excuse your oppressors. when you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you. >>
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Jan 17, 2013 6:00am PST
. smith formally submitted his proposal yesterday to the city's rules and open government committee. the council members did table discussion until next wednesday's meeting because mayor chuck reid is out of town in washington, d.c. for the conference of mayors meeting. the mayor did express reservations about smith's plan saying that regulations of assault weapons should be handled by the federal government. mar marla, reporting live in san jose, bob redell, "today in the bay." >>> school safety is a key issue in los gatos. families there would like to keep their children safe and secure on campus. more than 100 parents showing up in los gatos last night just a month after that sandy hook tragedy. school leaders say prevention now is priority number one. some of the suggestions include putting up gates and fences, surveillance cameras, and entry locks at key points wouaround t school. parents are confident changes will come. >> i feel very confident. i think just the fact that they are having this meeting shows that they recognize how important it is and how important it is to the paren
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Jan 18, 2013 5:00pm PST
unaccounted for at the gas complex. hillary clinton is urging the government to do everything possible to protect the remaining workers who were taken hostage on wednesday. >> in health matters, lap band surgery is a safe and long-term solution for obesity. this after a study following people who got the procedure in 1994 when it was first introduced. the majority maintained an average weight loss of 57 pounds for more than a decade. and 75% of patients with type two diabetes no longer needed medicine to control their blood sugar. >>> the older it gets the harder it is to multi-task. blood flow was monitored in the brains of young and older adults as they multi-tasks. older adults needed more blood in the brain. they are doing studies to see if training studies can help bring the brain young. >>> just in time for inauguration, the president's official portrait was released for his second term. and as you see, he has a big smile on his face, what a difference from his portrait four years ago, he was not as grey and his smile not as big. and the first lady sporting a new hair-do. to show of
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Jan 15, 2013 4:00am PST
government says it wants armstrong to pay back several million dollars in appearance fees there. >>> turning to the gun control, one month to the day of the shooting in newtown, connecticut, new york's state controlled senate pushed to move quickly by democratic governor andrew kuomo voted to expand the state's ban on assault weapons. the assembly votes later today. >>> this week president obama is expected to make an announcement about a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence including a push for major legislation to include background checks. at a news conference on monday, mr. obama promised to act alone if necessary. >> but i'm confident there's some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president. >> the president could use executive powers on 19 separate actions to bypass congress. >>> in newtown, connecticut, monday grieving family members of 11 victims of the sandy hook elementary school shooting announced plans for an a anti-violence campaign. the nonprofit group, sandy hook promise, will focus on mental health, sch
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Jan 22, 2013 5:30pm PST
safely. the algerian government says in all, 38 hostages of different nationalities and 29 islamic militants died in the standoff. five people are still unaccounted for. >>> in this country, the weather is making news tonight, specifically the cold. over two-thirds of the country, along with some weird extremes. it's expected to be 75 degrees colder in maine this week than it was last week. 75 degrees. and this latest push of arctic air has already made its way all the way south to florida. nbc's kevin tibbles is with us from the grip of it in chicago. kevin, good evening. >> reporter: brian, tonight bitter cold and treacherous winds have much of the country hunkering down. and this blast of winter is likely to last through to the weekend. frigid, treacherous, siberia, all describe erie, pennsylvania. >> the wind is vicious here. the windchill is absolutely freezing. >> reporter: sideways blowing snow off the lakes snarled traffic, made walking miserable and kept plow operators happy. >> just constant phones just ringing off the wall. >> reporter: syracuse snowed under. shivering i
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Jan 19, 2013 5:00pm PST
desert came to a bloody end today. the algerian government reports 32 islamic militants and 23 hostages are dead following an army raid today, the fourth day of that crisis. defense secretary leon panetta called the loss of life appalling and vowed to bring the terrorists to justice. >> nobody is going to attack the united states of america and get away with it. for that reason we have made a commitment that we'll go after al qaeda wherever they are. and wherever they try to hide. >> at this point the u.s. will only confirm the death of one american engineer from texas and one british worker. it is not clear how many hostages were taken in the first place. on thursday, the algerian army began its counterattack to liberate the plant that is deep in the desert 800 miles from the capital. officials say the rebels were about to drive the hostages to another country. >>> a man walked on stage and pointed a gas pistol a at politician delivering a speech in bulgaria's capital today. the turkish leader struck the man before he could pull the trigger. a group of people kicked, punched and stompe
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Jan 20, 2013 3:30pm PST
incarceration. so when government starts really putting their money where their mouth is, i think they'll bring us up to some of the, you know, qualifying dollar amounts. >> i don't think we'll get much argument from our viewers on that point. but, i mean, it's a growing problem, the crime there is a growing problem. give me your reaction when you found out that you were being awarded the california appeals prize. >> first, i received a call and i thought it was a joke. i was like, yeah, whatever. who is this? right? when i found out it was authentic, it was -- i would say overwhelming. it was overwhelming. it was humbling. because i'm just like the type of person that likes to stay in the dark. when i was a kid, i used to sneak out of my house, my parents' house. now i get paid to sneak out of the house at nighttime, right if in the cover of darkness, i like the streets, i love the feel of the streets, i love the energy, i'm comfortable there. but to be recognized was like overwhelming to me, know what i'm saying? emotional. because know what i'm saying, i just -- you know, i got to eat but i
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Jan 21, 2013 6:00pm PST
. prosecutors plan to push for the death penalty. in syria today the government launched air strikes across the country in rebel held neighborhoods. no word on a number of casualties but the u.n. estimates 50,000 syrians have been killed in the 22-month civil war. >>> over in afghanistan the afghan government is denying the findings of a u.n. report relessed just yesterday. the report said one-third of the prisoners recently transferred to afghan control of being tortured and said afghan spy agency is operating secret facilities to avoid international monitors. prince harry has wrapped up his latest tour of duty in afghanistan and is on his way back home to england now. the 28-year-old reportedly took out enemy taliban fighters while protecting british and nato soldiers. prince harry flew apache helicopters in the helmand province in southern afghanistan during his 20 weeks there. he was apparently treated just like one of the guys. when asked about his sister-in-law's pregnancy he said he's thrilled and can't wait to be an uncle. raj? >> thank you, janel. >>> still searching for ans
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Jan 19, 2013 5:00am PST
banned from competing, whether a marathon or triathlon. would the various governing bodies cut him any slack at this point? >> i think it's unlikely. i'm surprised, he's 41 years old. if the motivation for all of this is to get back into sports, it would be years before he'd be allowed to do that. by the way, the civil ramifications are also hugely significant here. he's worth about $100 million reportedly. and just one lawsuit alone, a federal whistleblower case going on, he could be looking at more than $90 million in damages. triple damages in that case if it continues to go forward. he could be completely wiped out financially. >> right. he said he lost $75 million in sponsorships in one day. could those sponsors that counted on him and dropped him sue him? >> yes. there are so many legal ramifications, we can't go into them all. yes, the sponsorships, defamation case, whistleblower case. all of the people he sued because he said they were liars, and they paid him money, he should have to return that with interest and attorneys' fees. >> thank you for being part of the discussion.
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Jan 23, 2013 12:35am PST
. iceland's government is forcing a girl named light breeze to change her name because it's not on the approved list of names for girls. yeah. light breeze is a ridiculous name for an icelandic woman, said bjork. [ laughter ] listen to this. a company is trying to bring marijuana vending machines to colorado and washington state. [ cheers and applause ] they say -- they say it will make millions, and that's just from the one guy who keeps forgetting he already put a dollar in. [ laughter ] wants more. it's like it's eating it. it's eating it. [ laughter ] and finally, i saw that hundreds of people have signed a petition asking the white house to create a tv show that would follow joe biden around in his daily life. [ laughter ] even honey boo boo was like, dude, that would be hilarious. [ laughter ] we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: we have one of our -- i'm so excited about tonight's show. it's one of the best shows i think we're ever gonna have. >> miles: yeah. it's a big one. [ cheers and applaus
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Jan 23, 2013 6:00am PST
government was so eager to prosecute him. >> larry page took part in google's conference call last night. page missed several of these because of issues with his voice and an unspecified illness. here is an executive takeaway. google says it makes less money per ad these days. that's a downward trend that's continuing. it has more users so it balances out. as we watch we note he was there for the second quarter in a row. apple reports profits. you think the anguish about running out of money maybe? that's not the case. apple still the most valuable company in the united states. it might say growth is slowing. one hint a tea leaf this morning is verizon. the company said it activated 6 million iphones in the past quarter. a good sign that iphones are selling well. but half of those, even less than half were actually iphone 5 as. most were iphone 4s. apple makes more money on the 5. it's interesting to see people start to realize all of the iphones are pretty darn good and they are settling for the four apparently. >> getting a better deal now, too. >> that's why they go for it. thank you
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Jan 18, 2013 6:00am PST
crews to work on safety upgrades that are required by the federal government. >>> a very cold week. i don't have to tell you that. you have been walking around with your winter jacket in the newsroom. it will get nice outside. christina loren says leave the scarf at home. it will be a nice one. >> i don't know about that, jon kelley. what about the people with cold necks out there? if you are sensitive to the cold, it just depends on your threshold of course, be prepared because it is near freezing just about everywhere yet again. 6:33. a live look and beautiful start to the day over san jose. it's a little bit hazy. what i can tell you about haze, makes for beautiful sunrises. we'll show you live shots all morning long. 33 degrees in livermore to start. 37 in san jose. 29 degrees really cold out there in gilroy this morning. not as cold as it was. this afternoon temperatures are going to climb. in fact at noon 60 in san jose. warming up to upper 60s and low 70s to round out the day. 70 degrees in gilroy. 67 degrees in san jose today. 64 in san francisco. not too shabby there. the
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Jan 18, 2013 5:00am PST
the government's decision to shut it down. >>> if you like extreme sports, you'll like this. 5:19 right now. the x games could be coming to california. tahoe is in the running to hold them. details next. >>> amazing video. check this out. firefighter on a rescue mission suddenly needs rescues himself. >> that's freaky to watch every time. this is a very tranquil compared to that. live look over the city by the bay. san francisco old glory slowly flapping in the wind as temperatures start to rise. christina loren will tell us about a nice looking wean ining coming up. >>> welcome back on a feel good friday. a beautiful day in the nation's capital out in washington, d.c. as they are planning for a big bash on monday. all weekend long. the preparations getting set for monday's presidential inauguration. they are putting the pieces into place. the stage is ready to go. security is in place. so people ready to tell the president of the united states welcome aboard for a second term. it is now 5:22. washington, d.c. we move back out this way and lake tahoe right now good news for extrem
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Jan 15, 2013 7:00am PST
implications for him? for one thing, the federal government has a whistleblower suit against him. >> brought by floyd landis, who armstrong and his people have called a liar, potential defamation charges, potential charges for defrauding sponsors like the u.s. postal service and others. and there's a british paper that armstrong sued when that paper called him a doper. he got a half million dollar judgment. they will want that money back along with attorneys' fees and interest. >> could they try to pull back, claw back that money now? >> absolutely. i'm sure his contracts all had a moral clause and specific clause banning the use of illegal drugs and providing for the money to be returned. they would have to sue him for that. do they want to do that? do they want that pr battle? this could keep lawyers in business for many, many years. i'm sure all of his attorneys were against it. legally, confession is a bad thing to do. morally, it's a fabulous thing to do. >> i was going to ask you real quickly whether you would have advised him to talk, but i think we got your answer. lisa b
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Jan 23, 2013 7:00am PST
seen the past two years. it would give the government more time to borrow. while democrats would like a longer term solution, the white house says it would go along. >> most americans believe you don't do your job, you shouldn't get paid. >> reporter: today's vote is a tactical shift in the gop playbook, putting on hold their demand for a debt ceiling increase only with spending cuts attached. >> it's a concession by republicans that they were not going to be able to win a spending cut fight using the debt ceiling vote. >> reporter: the clock is ticking. the country will max out its credit card at $16.4 trillion in several weeks, risking possible default on the nation's debt unless congress okay's more borrowing. the house is considering a short-term fix. lift the debt ceiling for a few months to take the pressure off, but require both house and senate to pass a budget. if they fail, congress would not get paid. >> you can't go for months and months without a paycheck. and what this does is basically says that your pay gets escrowed, put on hold until you pass a budget. >> reporter: try
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Jan 18, 2013 9:00pm PST
him because the government of belize wanted him, john mcafee, dead. >> the first thing i thought about was, oh, my god. he's a white man. i'm a white man. someone -- the government's finally decided to off me. they got the wrong white man. >> it all sounded so crazy. here was john mcafee, a celebrity businessman spinning dark conspiracy theories from some jungle hideout. right now, sir, i am holed up in a place where the mattress here has lice. i've never experienced that before. >> joshua davis, a contributing editor for "wired" magazine and nbc consultant was in the midst of writhe a profile piece on mcafee when story broke. >> let me ask you point-blank just for the record. >> no, sir. no, sir. it's not even funny. >> okay. >> that first, frantic week he spoke to mcafee several times a day and from the beginning mcafee seemed determined to tell his story as if it were an action epic. >> he says that the police came to his property on sunday. he saw them coming. he thought it was another attempt to harass him. he didn't know about the murder that point and he dug a hole in the
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Jan 22, 2013 4:00am PST
maceda is in tel aviv. jim, good morning. now, prime minister's netanyahu's coalition government may be weaker after today's voting. will that change israel's policies? >> reporter: good morning, mara. the latest polling showed even though netanyahu's party is about to lose eight to ten seats in the parliament, he'll still make it a comfortable win today. the policies going forward, that will be largely shaped by the coalition he forms to govern with and that horse trading will start in earnest probably as early as tomorrow. his obvious choice is lining up with even more hard-line parties to his right, including a right wing, extreme right wing group who are saying publicly they want to annex much of the west bank. that would be a worst-case scenario for palestinians here. or netanyahu could surprise everyone and form a more centrist government, leaning more to the left of center, giving him, as analysts here say, more options to deal with stalled peace talks and a struggling economy. now, that is a very longshot, mara. what we're expected to see when the dust settles here, hopefully we
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Jan 21, 2013 5:30pm PST
harm. progress does not compel us to settle centuries'-long debates about the role of government for all-time, but it does require us to act in our time. with common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom. thank you. god bless you. and may he forever bless these united states of america. >> following the president, the music, poetry and pageantry of the day, beginning with kelly clarkson. ♪ let freedom ring >> then poet richard blanco. >> the "i have a dream" we all keep dreaming. >> and beyonce. ♪ and the home of the brave ♪ the brave >> and when it was over, the president paused as if to take it in one last time. then it was back to business, a signing ceremony making cabinet nominations official. senator reid was given the pen from the president's pocket. >> that's yours. >> followed by a congressional luncheon in the capitol's statuary hall. lobster and bison and apple pie and talk of getting along. >> if you don't like the food, you can't blame it on one par
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Jan 15, 2013 5:30pm PST
the country, independent of the president and the federal government, state and local governments are acting on their own on gun control. we get that report tonight from nbc's ron allen. >> fire! >> reporter: a nation polarized over guns. teachers in texas and record numbers at this range take concealed handgun training. >> i think it's important for me to get prepared in case i ever do have to defend myself or my students. >> reporter: in chicago, mayor rahm emanuel wants to stop investing city pension funds in companies that make or sell assault weapons. and here in new york, governor andrew cuomo today signed what many consider the toughest gun control legislation in the country. >> enough people have lost their lives. let's act and let's take corrective measures. >> reporter: the law expands an existing assault weapons ban, limits gun magazine capacity to seven rounds, and requires mental health professionals to report patients they consider a threat. late today, the nra said, quote, these gun control schemes have failed in the past and will have no impact on public safety and
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Jan 14, 2013 5:30pm PST
shutting down the government if he doesn't yield on spending cuts. but he warned against it. >> i think it would be profoundly damaging to our economy. i think it would actually add to our deficit, because it will impede growth. >> reporter: another more immediate political fight for the president, confirming his pentagon nominee, chuck hagel, a republican, who got a boost on "meet the press" sunday from former republican secretary of state, colin powell, who used the occasion to take a larger, deeper shot at the gop. >> there's also a dark -- a dark vein of intolerance of some parts of the party. what do i mean by that? what i mean by that is, they still sort of look down on minorities. how can i evidence that? when i see a former governor say that the president is shuckin' and jivin'. that's a racial era slave term. >> reporter: now, brian, the issue of the lack of diversity in the president's second-term appointment so far came up at the press conference today, and the president simply asked for more time, defended his record of diversity in the first term and said wait until h
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Jan 15, 2013 4:30am PST
government will run out of tools to avoid defaulting on debt sometime in late february or early march. that would mean social security and other government benefit checks would stop going out. fed chairman ben bernanke is joining the cause saying the economy isn't out of the woods just yet from fiscal threats. back to you. >> thank you very much, seema. >>> let's check in with meteorologist christina loren as we kind of adjust the shot. >> everyone come in. lean in. i'm the queen. you'll have to do something to stay warm out there this morning. lean back if that's what it takes. 4:47. it is cold out there this morning. you're going to need all the winter gear you have in your closet. you could wear the snowboarding gear to work this morning if you wanted to. stay warm. i definitely brought my board and jacket in this morning. it's frigid out there. this is the last morning we expect the mid 20s. tomorrow we'll see more upper 20s and low 30s. this morning it is very cold. even colder than yesterday in some cities. just about the same in gilroy at 27 degrees to start. 33 in san jose. 30 in li
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Jan 23, 2013 11:00am PST
senate, which will likely happen very soon, it will allow the government to borrow enough cash to meet three months' worth of debt obligations. the proposal also includes a measure that would withhold pay for house or senate members if they fail to pass a budget plan. the senate has not passed a budget since 2008. critics say the proposal is just meant to pressure the senate and only delays a potential debt disaster. >>> we're following a developing story out of san francisco where the bomb squad has been called to an area not too far from at&t park. police say a military ordnance of some kind was found at a construction site near third street. this is a live look from our nbc chopper overhead there checking out the scene. all this happening right across from mccovey cove. you can see traffic snarled up, being rerouted around that area. as of right now, this is still an active situation. we will, of course, keep you posted on this one and let you know what prompted the bomb squad to be called there once we know. >> it took hours of cursing, screaming and debate, but this morning o
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Jan 20, 2013 5:30pm PST
the president faces in the second term in with a deeply divided government, were on full display from guns -- >> within minutes of that horrible tragedy in newtown, the president began trying to exploit that tragedy to push a gun control agenda that is designed to appeal to partisans. >> reporter: to the nation's still-recovering economy. >> he is addicted to spending. and those are policies that will hurt our country long term. >> reporter: and tonight, a top white house adviser tells nbc news that the president has finished writing his remarks for his inaugural address tomorrow that he will deliver shortly after completing the ceremonial oath of office. and then, tomorrow night, the obamas, lester, will celebrate with two inaugural balls, compared to ten four years ago. >> all right, peter, thank you. >>> and washington is getting ready for the spectacle that brings at least a sense of unity to this city once every four years. nbc's kelly o'donnell is outside the capitol with that story. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. this is where it all happens for what is
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Jan 17, 2013 5:00am PST
morning if local government has gone too far. "today in the bay's" bob redell is live by san jose police headquarters with a look at this controversial plan. good morning, bob. >> reporter: good morning. this would not fly with some gun owners who would see this as an infringement upon their second amendment rights. smith, a private attorney in san jose, proposed this ordinance that would require owners of assault weapons in san jose to register with police and store those weapons here at san jose police headquarters. now, gun owners would have to provide a reasonable explanation as to why they would want to take their gun out of police storage and would have to let officers know when they plan to return it. they would also have to submit to a background check to verify they are mentally fit, nonviolent and have not committed a gun crime. a violation of this law is a misdemeanor that could lead to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. smith submitted his proposal yesterday to the city's rules and open government community. council members tabled discussion until next wednesday's meeting
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Jan 17, 2013 11:00am PST
ordinance and then submitted the plan to the city's rules and open government committee. that committee will take up the issue next wednesday, because the mayor right now is in washington, d.c. >>> and telling school leaders they want to see change, and rolling out a list to help keep kids safe and secure on campus. more than 100 parents showing up last night for a meeting at raymond j. fischer middle school just a month after the sandy hook tragedy. school leaders there say prevention is now priority one. police say they will explore different ways of protecting and securing those schools. some of the suggestions include putting up gates and fences, surveillance cameras and entry locks at some key points around the school. parents there feeling good change will come. >> i feel very confident. >> why? >> well, i think just the fact that they're having this meeting shows that they recognize how important it is, and how important it is to the parents and for the parents to be involved. >> coming up on february 4th, los gatos town counsel will hold a meeting whether it can change
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Jan 20, 2013 4:00pm PST
to create progress in health care, to more and more government controls, which will bog it down in bureaucracy, raise cost, not produce the progress that we need in health care. >> what impact does this reform have on your business? >> it's raising cost. it's the opposite of being affordable health care because it's making it more expensive for businesses like whole foods and, as a result, that's less money that we have to pay our team members for wages or other benefits. the health insurance just grows as a percentage of what the total compensation that we're paying people is. >> i know you've been very thoughtful about this subject. you've been ceo since 1980. the company has done very well. you're offering coverage to employees working more than 30 hours a week. you see tremendous growth. your stock up more than 1,000% since the wost worst of the financial crisis. tell me about the consumers' attitudes about foods. has it changed over this time, the cost, the sourceses of their food. what kind of sentiment changes have you seen from your customers? >> yeah, lots of different tre
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Jan 19, 2013 6:00pm PST
bloody end. the algerian government reports that 32 islamic militants and 23 hostages are dead following an army raid today. the fourth day of that crisis. defense secretary leon panetta called the loss of life appalling and vowed to bring those terrorists to justice. >> nobody is going to attack the united states of america and get away with it. and for that reason, we have made a commitment that we're going to go after al qaeda wherever they are and wherever they try to hide. >> the u.s. can only confirm the death of one american engineer from texas and one british worker at this point. on thursday, the algerian army began its counterattack to liberate the plant that's deep in the desert, 800 miles from the ckacapital. rebels were about to drive the hostages to another country. >>> a man walked on stage and pointed a gas pistol at a politician who was giving a speech in bulgaria today. ahmad gogin, the turkish minority party leader, struck the man before he could pull a trigger. delegates wrestled him to the ground. dogin founded the group of rights and freedoms in 1990. people kicked,
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Jan 18, 2013 7:00am PST
killed the dogs. >> reporter: who? >> the government. >> a witness who has no reason to lie says greg faull said he's going to kill the dogs. >> he drank a lot. he always said that. i know he is not the person who killed my dogs. the government poisoned the dogs. >> so who killed greg faull? >> how would i know? >> the whole point is that this is a story about a murder. >> for me, it is not. >> two months after it all began, john mcafee is back in the states, making movie deals while greg faull's father told us the family is still waiting for answers that may never come. >> it almost feels hopeless, because it's a foreign country. i don't know how to handle it. >> reporter: but it's desperately important to know? >> his whole family is just terribly broken up. we all are. >> reporter: for "today," i'm keith morrison, nbc news, los angeles. >> you can see much more of keith's story tonight on "dateline" at 9:00, 8:00 central time here on nbc. >>> up next, the reason behind your incredibly shrinking paycheck, right after this. one. two. three. my credit card rewards are easy to remember
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